Everton Midfielder Alex Iwobi is expected to return to action against Arsenal on February 3 after being ruled out for three weeks after injuring ankle ligaments during Friday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United in their World Cup clash. third round of the FA Cup.

The 26-year-old former Arsenal player damaged ligaments in his ankle after a nasty challenge from Tyrell Malacia in the 47th minute.

After undergoing a scan on Sunday, it was revealed that the Nigerian would not spend an extended period on the sideline receiving treatment.

“Alex Iwobi is expected to be out for around three weeks with an ankle ligament injury sustained against Manchester United on Friday,” the club wrote on its website.

“The Everton midfielder was stretchered off early in the second half of the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.

“Scan results on Saturday confirmed a lateral ligament injury which will be treated conservatively by the club’s medical team at Finch Farm.”

The injury is yet another blow for Everton, who fell into the Premier League relegation zone after a heavy home defeat to Brighton last week.

Iwobi took to social media to send a message to Everton fans thanking them for their support and assuring them that he would be back soon.

The midfielder wrote: “I appreciate the love, I’ll be back soon.”

Before the injury, Iwobi had been one of Everton’s standout players this season and has played in all 18 Premier League games this season, scoring one goal and providing five assists.

The Toffees are 18th in the table with 15 points from 18 games, and Iwobi’s absence will be felt as Frank Lampard faces a tough task to keep his team out of the relegation zone.

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